Food runs out at conventionDemocrats assembled at the convention floor Saturday were unified among what they wanted: universal health care, equal rights for gay couples and food.
Democrats assembled at the convention floor Saturday were unified among what they wanted: universal health care, equal rights for gay couples and food.
Holiday Inn, which supplied boxed lunches for the delegates, ran out of food several times, leading to the day’s loudest grumbles during a convention that stretched on for hours.
The problem, said Holiday Inn General Manager Lisa Augustine, was that they didn’t anticipate the demand. During the last convention in Duluth four years ago the Holiday Inn sold just under 840 boxed lunches. But 816 lunches sold on Friday alone, with another 980 sold on Saturday before they were gone.
“We just didn’t expect this,” she said.
While the Holiday Inn did start bringing in pizza, Augustine said once supplies were gone Saturday night, they would not bring in more. Some convention goers were bothered that the DECC concession stands weren’t open.
But Augustine said the DFL Party requested only food providers that were union organized, that meant the DECC, which is non-union, couldn’t provide food.
“Our property is union,” she said.